The Rotary Club of Sorrento is based in District 9820, which embraces the Mornington Peninsula and includes Frankston, Westernport and Gippsland.The Sorrento Rotary Club was admitted to Rotary International in 1961, and currently has 40 members. Usually meeting at the Sorrento Golf Club, Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, at 6.45 pm Wednesdays, however, contact Marlene Miller 0438537757 to confirm meeting venues and times
Sorrento is a small resort town, located at the western end of the Mornington Peninsula, and is approximately 80 kilometres directly to the south of Melbourne. The first settlement was established in Sorrento in the State of Victoria by the British Government in 1803. The town has a permanent population of approximately 3000 people, however, this swells to some 30,000 people during the peak holiday period, which runs from Christmas to Easter each year. The ocean beach, facing Westernport Bay, is popular with the surfing fraternity and the bay side beach is very busy with sailing, recreational boating, swimming and walking during the holiday season. Interestingly, It is home to unique bottle-nosed Dolphins species drawing increasing numbers of tourists and visitors, as well as the locals, who love the mammals in their bay.
Despite the almost perpetual holiday atmosphere in Sorrento, the Rotary Club of Sorrento members work hard for the local community, and provide generous assistance to local and International Rotary projects, both financially and practical. The club is always ready to welcome visitors and new members to the club.
The members of the club, all volunteers, are local business and professional people, retirees, either semi or or fulltime, both men and women. Consistent with its Charter, and that of Rotary International, the club provides financial and in-kind support for local, district and international projects.
The club has raised more than $110.000 in 2020 – the Sportsman’s Lunch being the most significant fund raising event, next is the annual Sorrento Art Show, now in its 37th year, followed by the annual Charity Golf Day, Sausage sizzles at Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento, Portsea Swim Classic, Twin Bays Fun Run and Sorrento Chamber of Commerce Christmas Celebrations on the foreshore. These activities are important financially, giving club members the opportunity to be involved in community activities. Distribution of funds raised are mainly given to the local community, some national and international Rotary activities.
The club has provided significant financial support for international projects such as Polio Plus aimed at eliminating polio; Interplast, which provides medical services overseas in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; the Shelter Box program which provides emergency shelter and provisions for those affected by natural disasters, eg. Aceh, Fiji and more recently Syria.
Our club contributes to Rotary District 9820 projects such as Donations in Kind, sending goods and labour to needy countries overseas, supports other worthy causes such as the Alola Foundation, supporting women and families; the Mambanje School project in Zimbabwe, and the WASH ( water sanitation/health) project at Suai Secondary College in Timor Leste. In Cambodia the M’Lop Tapang dental project providing dental care and Interplast, a not-for-profit organisation working to empower our neighbours through surgical treatment for patients and training for local medical staff.
Locally, the club has provided substantial financial support to the Sorrento Community Centre, Sorrento Life Saving Club, a community BBQ shelter, a new “heritage” style rotunda in the Sorrento Park, in conjunction with the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Heritage projects – renovation of the Sorrento Rotunda, relocation and renovation of the historical Watts’ Cottage, an early settlers’ wattle and daub cottage (built 1869-70) adjacent to the Nepean Historic Society Museum, restoration of the historic rail station, walkway and BBQ in the Policeman’s Point precinct.
The club is involved in Police Point Respite Care Cottages, offering carers of family members with ongoing disabilities or illness a short break at the scenic Police Point, Point Nepean, Portsea. We support groups and projects such as Peninsula Home Hospice, the two Sorrento Primary Schools, Rosebud Secondary School, Chisholm TAFE, for mature age scholarships, Portsea Life Saving Club, Sorrento Cricket and Football Club, SES and CFA and projects, such as Food for All, Cancer Support Group, Wheelchairs for Kids, Light Up Autism, Riding for the Disabled, and Peninsula Health, including Rosebud Hospital.
Overall, Sorrento Rotary Club Inc. endeavours to meet its obligations as a Member of the Family of Rotary Clubs internationally, and does this through these and other numerous fundraising and fund disbursements. Many of these activities are in the local community our club is part of that community,